Vox.com tweeted this headline to a story link yesterday: "There’s a clear age bias in turkey-related emergency room visits". That subject made me click the link to see what age bias had to do with turkeys. The actual story headline was: "The most dangerous part of cooking a turkey isn't the deep fryer."
Ok now, two entirely different subjects and the highest number of injuries requiring emergency room visits came from using a knife. "we have data on emergency room visits at about 100 hospitals, and of the more than 358,000 recorded visits in 2015, 47 involved turkey-related injuries. Forty-seven injuries is thankfully low, but of those 47 turkey-related ER visits, nearly half involved a knife."
If you're like me you're wondering just why this was worth tweeting about. In one year only 47 turkey injuries, most with a knife, so why did the headline even get involved with a deep fryer. Here are the stats for the 47:
7-stove top or oven burns
6-deep fryer burns
5-refrigerator or freezer mishaps !!!
4-strained lower backs from lifting turkey
2-wild turkey attacks !!!
2- random kitchen accidents
1-instance of smoke inhalation
So far in this story there is nothing about age but almost all turkey related injuries occur in November. Duh! Finally after scrolling the topic of age (51-70) comes up briefly: "Older Americans experience more turkey trauma" but not all that many actually. The story then goes on to relate that injuries to men and women are about equal.
Certainly knives are understandable what with all the carving and peeling. And, I would hav thought back injuries would be higher. Frozen turkeys are really heavy as anyone knows who has moved them around while trying to find the right one in the grocery store bin. Then the lifting from car to fridge to defrost, moving it again to unwrap and wash down and lifting again into the roasting pan and finally hauling it out of the hot pan to the carving board. That would bother anyone's back no matter the age.
In the end, though, the story headlines and the stories don't really match up and they turned out to be much ado about not many people statistically speaking.